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Old 05-10-2012, 12:47 AM
 
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We are considering a move from Tucson to Scottsdale next year and would really like some current advice on great family oriented neighborhoods in the area. So far we have been up to Scottsdale twice and have seen the following areas: McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale Ranch, McDowell Mountain Ranch (MMR), DC Ranch and Grayhawk. We felt like MMR, DC Ranch and Grayhawk were a bit removed and quiet, but I've heard a lot of people say they're great areas for families - we have two young kids. We really liked the greenery and charm of McCormick and Scottsdale Ranch - and they would both be closer to the office and airport. Our realtor said Stonegate and the Kierland area are also nice communities.
We would appreciate any feedback on these communities - especially if you live there and have younger kids and can really fill us in on the community in general. Thanks!!
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Old 05-27-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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Our family is in escrow to buy a home in the 85254 zip code, in the North Ranch neighborhood. The schools are excellent in the area, and that was a major selling point for us since we have three young children. We also offered on a home in Greyhawk, which has some nice family amenities.
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Old 05-27-2012, 01:33 PM
 
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We are considering a move from Tucson to Scottsdale next year and would really like some current advice on great family oriented neighborhoods in the area. So far we have been up to Scottsdale twice and have seen the following areas: McCormick Ranch, Scottsdale Ranch, McDowell Mountain Ranch (MMR), DC Ranch and Grayhawk. We felt like MMR, DC Ranch and Grayhawk were a bit removed and quiet, but I've heard a lot of people say they're great areas for families - we have two young kids. We really liked the greenery and charm of McCormick and Scottsdale Ranch - and they would both be closer to the office and airport. Our realtor said Stonegate and the Kierland area are also nice communities.
We would appreciate any feedback on these communities - especially if you live there and have younger kids and can really fill us in on the community in general. Thanks!!
You seriously, 100% -- cannot go wrong with MMR. DC Ranch you're getting up there in price and IMO, there are better views in MMR for the price (though DC Ranch you will get homes that are less cookie cutter and more custom until you go near Winchcomb / etc in MMR). I live in MMR and it's the most family oriented neighborhood I've ever been in -- there are kids everywhere, and it's very, very, very safe.

P/sq ft is going up pretty fast though... hardly any homes left now. Two more just went on market here in the past week for nearly $70 more per square foot than what I paid 6 months ago, and one sold down the street for me for $80 per sq ft higher than I paid (but it did have a pool).
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Willo Historic District, Phoenix, AZ
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Our family is in escrow to buy a home in the 85254 zip code, in the North Ranch neighborhood. The schools are excellent in the area, and that was a major selling point for us since we have three young children. We also offered on a home in Greyhawk, which has some nice family amenities.
Be aware that most if not all of 85254, including Kierland, is in the City of Phoenix with a Scottsdale mailing address.
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Old 05-27-2012, 10:47 PM
 
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Be aware that most if not all of 85254, including Kierland, is in the City of Phoenix with a Scottsdale mailing address.
Yes, I actually didn't realize this until earlier today. Not a problem for me since I'm more interested in reducing my commute than any perceived "cachet" of living in Scottsdale proper. The libraries are still accessible to maricopa county residents, so I can't think why this would be a problem. I guess if I run for local office I have to run in liberal Phoenix not conservative scottsdale .
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Old 05-28-2012, 07:51 PM
 
Location: Willo Historic District, Phoenix, AZ
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I guess if I run for local office I have to run in liberal Phoenix not conservative scottsdale .
Actually I once ran for the state legislature in the area that included part of 85254 and the district was every bit as conservative as Scottsdale.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:41 PM
 
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That area in PHX with a Scottsdale address is quite nice. Absolutely no shame in living in PHX instead of Scottsdale, and if you ask around, you may find that to actually be more desirable. Not my area, but an old employer lived there...but still sent his kids to Phoenix Christian.
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Old 05-29-2012, 10:51 AM
 
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McCormick would definitely be my first choice but it's hard to find great family homes (meaning over 3000 sq. ft) there without paying a pretty penny. After that, MMR and Grayhawk would be nice but definitely check out Kierland, other areas of 85254 (especially around the Orange Tree Golf Course) and even around the Phoenix Mountain Preserve as they're all great neighborhoods. It also somewhat depends on your budget for a home.
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